Glossary

Federal Aid Highway Act of 1973

The Federal Aid Highway Act of 1973 states that no person shall, on the grounds of sex be excluded from participation in, be denied  the benefits of or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal assistance under this title or carried under this title. 

FHWA

Within the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration is responsible for highway issues, including federal laws and regulations related to metropolitan transportation planning. 

Fiscal Constraint

Making sure that a given program or project can reasonably expect to receive funding within the time allotted for its implementation. 

FRA

The Federal Railroad Administration is a federal department that was created by the Department of Transportation Act of 1966. The purpose of the FRA is to: promulgate and enforce rail safety regulations; administer railroad assistance programs; conduct research and development in support of improved railroad safety and national rail transportation policy; provide for the rehabilitation of Northeast Corridor rail passenger services; and consolidate government support of rail transportation activities. Today, the FRA is one of ten agencies within the U.S. DOT concerned with intermodal transportation.  

FTA

Within the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Federal Transit Administration is responsible for public transit issues, including federal laws and regulations related to metropolitan transportation planning. 

FTA 5303

Federal Transit Administration Planning funds for urban areas

FTA 5307

Federal Transit Administration Capital and Operating funds for urban areas

FTA 5309

Federal Transit Administration Discretionary Grant Program funds

FTA 5311

Federal Transit Administration Capital and Operating funds for private and non-profit transportation providers in urban and rural areas 

GIS

Geographic Information System is a computer-based data management tool used for mapping, storing, retrieving, analyzing and displaying geographic data.